You do not need a tv to pay for a tv licence, according to recent guidlines. Photo: Sveriges Radio Gävleborg

Computer "too old" for TV licence

A man will no longer have to pay for a tv-licence, after a court found his computer was just too old to able to stream live-tv over the internet.

Recent rule-changes mean that computers and tablets can also be counted as "tv receivers" if they can access television via online streaming, meaning their owners are also liable to pay the SEK 2,076 annual fee which finances public service radio and television in Sweden, including Radio Sweden.

Tv-licence authority Radiotjänst claimed the 27-year-old had to pay the fee, but the court found he would have to completely upgrade the 14-year-old computer, from memory to motherboard, to watch tv online, news agency TT reports.

Radiotjänst has now been ordered to pay back the money the man had already paid them.

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